Album Review: King Lizard – “Viva La Decadence”
The key when it comes to sleaze rock, and especially British sleaze rock if you ask me, is that you need to remember not to take it all too seriously. The whole point about the Sunset Strip scene of the ’80s was that it was simple no-brainer music designed to go out and have a good time to, nothing more and nothing less. And, let’s be honest, there are still a lot of sleaze rock bands cluttering up the streets of Camden and Holloway in 2010, five years on from the scene reaching its peak and a lot of them are studying their Nikki Sixx moves and Steel Panther haircuts a bit TOO closely to be any good.
King Lizard, I’m happy to say, are not a band who fall into this category. They’ve been hanging around on the scene for a good few years now and are clearly aware that first and foremost this sort of music should be fun. Although it’s arguably arrived a couple of years too late for its own good, “Viva La Decadence” is a solid opening statement from these lads. It’s the sound of going out on a Friday night, seeing a few bands, having a few pints and indulging in a bit of gratuitous headbanging down the front – in other words, just what an album like this SHOULD sound like as evidenced on tracks like “Hell Yeah” and “Rain On You”. It helps that they’re quite a competent bunch of musicians as well (trust me, having seen God knows how many awful Brit-sleaze bands this year, that does go a long way towards setting them out from the pack) with singer Flash managing a convincing Sebastian Bach style screech throughout while guitarist Niro Knox is clearly a man who knows his licks well enough to keep the songs powering along.
All in all, a surprisingly good effort. Like I say, don’t expect any rocket science here but if it’s a simple 45 minutes of no-brainer fun you’re after then “Viva La Decadence” is a good album to get your sleaze-rock party started to.